American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) Graduate Student Conference-The Roles and Challenges of Dipl (AGS2012)

Venue: American Graduate School for International Relations and Diplomacy

Location: Paris, France

Event Date/Time: Apr 19, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 20, 2012
Registration Date: Jan 23, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 23, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Apr 02, 2012
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Conference Theme
Since its induction, diplomacy is at the core of international relations and holds primary responsibility for the development and implementation of foreign policy. It is recognized that the work of traditional diplomacy, focused principally on bilateral relations between states and working in conjunction with international and multinational organizations, remains an essential core of state conduct in international relations. However, profound changes in the foreign policy environment after the end of the Cold War and especially in the 21st century have challenged the approach and implementation of conduct in foreign relations.
As globalization continues to push governments toward interdependence and cooperation, the field must reassess the application of diplomacy. Central to these shifts are evolving transnational challenges on policy agendas, including but not limited to, changing security paradigms after the attacks of September 11, 2001, environmental issues and natural disasters, popular democratic movements of the Colored Revolutions and the Arab Spring, and the global financial crisis. The increasing significance of non-state actors and organizations in the international system pose a challenge to traditional paradigms of bilateral statecraft. These challenges put into question the conduct of traditional diplomacy and add significant new functions and activities to the diplomat's portfolio. It is under these tenants that scholars must critically question whether the shifts in systemic order, dynamic new actors and transnational challenges can be addressed by traditional approaches to diplomacy and whether they endorse inclusion or expose exclusionary practices.

Conference Sub-themes
In order to promote research and discussion regarding these trends and the challenges or roles of diplomatic approaches in the 21st century, the AGS invites proposals for papers falling into, but not limited to, the following general themes:

• Polarity and the international systemic: shifting paradigms of power and diplomacy
• Relevancy of the state in the international system and diplomacy
• Diplomacy and the emergence of non-state actors in the international system (i.e. role of international and non-governmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector)
• Diplomacy and the role of democratic transition and regime change
• Inclusive and exclusive politics of recognition and legitimacy in the international system
• Projections of state power: hierarchy amongst great powers, the core and the periphery
• Transversal politics and the reframing of diplomatic perspectives
• Emergence of non-traditional approaches and sectors: multi-track and public diplomacies
• Interdependence, diplomacy and the globalized World
• Transnational global challenges: cooperation or entrenchment (i.e. International terrorism and security, financial crises, resource management, environmental issues and natural disasters)
• Diplomacy’s role in advocacy of societal challenges in the 21st century (i.e. gender and identity issues, poverty, public health, environmental issues, and migration or immigration)
• Statecraft in conflict: preventative diplomacy and conflict management
• Media, communications, and their role in diplomacy and dissemination


Additional Information

Submitting an Abstract Proposal We cordially invite graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral scholars from a wide spectrum of disciplines to submit abstract proposals appropriate to the above themes. The research may be of either a theoretical or empirical nature. While the purview of this conference focuses on the effect of emerging challenges on diplomacy, relevant abstract proposals on work contributing in a broader sense to the debate will be considered. The conference will be held in English. Submitted work should also follow this guideline. Proposals up to 600 words in length should be sent by no later than January 23, 2012 in electronic form to The subject line of the cover email should be entitled “AGS Conference 2012 Abstract Proposal Submission” and your name. Your abstract proposal should include your tentative paper title, research question and a 600 word abstract proposal outlining your topic focus and expected findings. We also request within your abstract proposal to include your name, university or institution of affiliation, degree(s) earned or in process and substantive concentration of your academic work. Notification of acceptance by the conference committee will be made on a rolling basis; however applicants will be notified later than March 5th, 2012. Final papers are to be submitted by April 2, 2012 for review by the committee to be considered for publication. Registration Fee and Conference Grant All accepted presenters will be required to pay a 25 euro registration fee. While the expenses in association with participation, including accommodation, transportation, and personal costs are the explicit responsibility of the applicant, AGS will be offering limited financial grants for noteworthy applicants. If you are interested, please note in your submission email, including a brief paragraph describing your financial needs. All applicants noting interest in applying for the grant will be notified at a later date with more details. For any questions on the conference or submission, please contact Ryan Godfrey, Student Conference Coordinator or Dr. Ruchi Anand, Conference Faculty Advisor at For more information about the American Graduate School in Paris, please consult our website at